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Physical Therapist

Interview of Karlyn Dauplaise, physical therapist, Florida Hospital, and physical therapy alumna, University of Central Florida (UCF)
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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

About Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers are vital members of the medical support team for physically active populations such as athletes, dancers/artists, military personnel and industrial workers.

AT by Matt FolsomThe job of an athletic trainer includes prevention of injury, recognition and evaluation of injuries and illnesses, emergency care, rehabilitation, and administration. Athletic trainers provide immediate care for those who sustain injuries, and they often continue providing care as the patient goes through surgery, rehabilitation and return to play. Athletic trainers must be able to stay focused and perform their jobs in situations with high stress and excitement while interacting with a highly motivated population.

The education of an athletic trainer is as challenging as any in the medical field because of the multiple skills required. Courses in the program require two years, including summers, of full-time study and include both didactic and clinical education courses. Courses stress recognition and evaluation of injury, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, exercise science, administration and leadership. Each athletic training course emphasizes the skills and competencies necessary for successful clinical practice in a variety of settings. A significant and important aspect of the educational process is clinical experience under the direction of an athletic trainer.

Photo by Matt Folsom

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Program Contact

Contact the program office for general program information and questions.

Office: HPA II - 119
Phone: 407-823-2747
Fax: 407-823-2596



Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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